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Posted: 24/01/2014 at 07:16

Tracey is right, most sites call them tubers, after all they are called 'tuberous begonias'.

According to Mr Google they are neither corms or tubers, they are hypocotyls.

'The hypocotyl is the stem of a seedling. In a handful of plants this stem is enlarged to a fleshy underground storage vessel. Tuberius begonias and cyclamen are examples of this.'

It goes on to say examples of corms are gladiola and crocus where the old corm die and leaves babies round the edge.


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 10:44

Hi Tracey,

I bought plug plants of trailing begonias form Jersey Plants. I think it was free P&P and they were really cheap. They were really small when they arrived but I potted them on and they flowered that first year and made tubers.

Like Blairs says Vine weevils are a pest but when the the plants die down in the autumn i soak them in a solution of Provado VW killer. I've kept the tubers for two years now and some of them are about 5inches across now.

I've also bought plugs of pelagoniums form Jersey Plants before. Again very small but flowered well in first year.

Just looked at this years catalogue pelagoniums £14.99 for 180 plug plants

Begonias start at £14.99 for 180 plugs.



Posted: 22/01/2014 at 10:28

Good morning all,

Get better soon Punkdoc.

I loved your blog Clari. One I'll watch along with Higgie's.

I heard on the radio that they are developing a drone that can identify weeds then zap them with lasers. We'll all be able to garden from our armchairs.  How long will it be before we are asking on this forum how to reprogramme our drones because they've zapped the dahlias instead of the dandelions or given the neighbour a nasty shock when she went outside in a flowery dress?


Posted: 18/01/2014 at 11:48

Good morning ,

Hope all are well. It's dry at the moment but forcast is for more rain. I suspect we'll have brown lawns and hosepipe bans in the summer as we must have had our year's ration of rain already.

I inspected the rose hedging I planted earlier this week and some little creature had been digging them up. I think it must have been Mr Fox after the blood, fish and bone I put in the planting holes.


Posted: 17/01/2014 at 12:58

Is it a self-drive digger or does it come with a man (or a lady)?

I think Verdun is in charge of the weather, Clarington.


Posted: 17/01/2014 at 08:41

rosa rugosa (must check before posting) slapped wrist.


Posted: 17/01/2014 at 08:38

Good morning.

Fidget x.

Looks as though it's going to be dry but cold. I heard a blackbird singing this morning.

I was lazy yesterday so must carry on with planting the rosa rugura hedge. The plants are heeled into the veg garden at the moment so if I don't crack on they'll be there for ever more. 


Posted: 16/01/2014 at 19:37

Hope the weather stays fine for you,,Clarington, and you've got plenty of radox ready for a nice relaxing bath afterwards.

Lovely photos, Bizzy.

Your find is very intriguing, GG.  How big is it and is it made of metal?



Posted: 16/01/2014 at 15:23

Constructing the pond with my grandson. He's a lot bigger now!



Posted: 16/01/2014 at 15:07

Good afternoon all,

The honeysuckle is called lonicera fragrantissima, SGL. It doesn't climb like the usual honeysuckles. It just makes a big shrub about 8 feet tall. I have to keep clipping it back and it's a bit boring when not in flower but worth it for the perfume. I've got some sprigs in the sitting room.

I love my pond. It was done on the cheap. the biggest expense was the man and a digger for the day. We lined it with old carpet from the council tip. The men working there helped us load trailer after trailer load of old smelly carpets. Perhaps they wouldn't be allowed to do it now. This was about ten years ago. The liner was a massive roll of plastic that farmers use to wrap those big hay bails in. I wasn't sure the liner would last so long but even though the water level goes down in the summer it seems fine.


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